Dear MDU Family,
I am writing today with a proactive communication regarding the potential state-wide mask mandate repeal going before the Legislature on Thursday.
Regardless of the outcome, our business will continue to support a mask requirement (unless you have an exception) until further notice.
While it is true that we have had a negligible occurrence of COVID-19 in our programs since re-opening in June (.00025%, or 5 reportable cases out of over 20,000 heads in classes, and none for two months) Coulee Region public schools are in the process of welcoming their students back which introduces a new risk variable to our student population. Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.
As a teacher and a dancer, I look forward to the day when this is no longer a talking point, but in the meantime, we will continue all of the Safer Studio™ measures that have brought us such success so far including keeping people home when they don't feel well, well checks for employees, ongoing facility cleaning with our Sparkle Squad, hand sanitation, and face coverings. Our community is turning the corner and we need to stay the course until we get there <3.
As always, we will continue to monitor the situation as we keep our focus on supporting the whole health of our students—including physical, social-emotional and, mental well-being—through dance classes each week.
Thank you for your support!
A lot of what I do in my work these days can be summed up this way - "Trying to help my younger self."
* I try to be the teacher I needed when I was the student.
* I try to be the leader I needed for when I was first teaching.
* I try to be the encourager I needed when I was a new wife.
* I try to be the mentor I needed when I started my business.
Today I am trying to provide the environment I needed when I was a NEW MOM - a welcoming, quiet place to nurse my babies while trying to balance work and my other kids' activities. There were simply too many times when I found myself nursing in a bathroom or my car because I felt uncomfortable or unwelcome taking care of my baby wherever I was at the time.
Introducing the Mother's Room at MDU - a beautiful room to support our employees and studio families and their little ones. Our room is open to anyone in the community, so if you are our shopping and need a place of respite to nurse your little, our door is open.
Thank you to La Crosse County for recognizing our efforts to help moms by designating MDU a "Breastfeeding Friendly Business" today.